31st December 2011

A couple of wet hours on Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 09.55 to 11.55
Duration 2 hr
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Dodd Wood - Skill Beck - Long Doors - Dodd - Long Doors - Allerdale Ramble - Dodd Wood
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car Park, Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite

With the country house at Mirehouse and Dodd Wood itself sharing the same car park, it's pot luck whether you'll get a space here during the summer months. The good news is that a little further along the A591 (driving away from Keswick) there a couple of places where you can generally manage to get parked. Of course you're then left with the need to follow the footpath back to the main car park, but needs must I suppose.

There is a charge at the main car park, but the alternatives along the road are free. There's also a good tea room at Dodd Wood.


Route Map

I can't believe how quickly time seems to be flying past these days, or am I just getting older. It seems no time at all since the start of the year and here I am already on the final walk of the year on New Years Eve. If I had to sum this year up, or at least the final third of it, I would say windy and unsettled. For months now I've felt like the luxury of being able to pick and choose walking days has been taken away. It's been a case of trying not to miss out on the better days and just making the best of the others. I can't remember a time when I was kept off the fells so often because of high winds. Such is life I suppose and there's nothing any of us can do about the weather.

Despite this bit of negativity, I've still had a good year of walking and as usual, my happiest and most memorable hours have been spent among the fells, the lakes, strolling by a riverside or just walking along a country road somewhere.

I only had two small walking ambitions this year, one of which I did and the other, for no particular reason, I didn't get around to doing. I know I must set my sights pretty low, but the one I did was a complete circuit of Coniston Water and the one I didn't do was a circuit of Bassenthwaite. Perhaps in 2012, , , I'll have to wait and see.

But where to go on the last walk of the year? Well, given that it was another very wet day I opted for a short walk up Dodd. At least I actually got to one of the fell tops today.

Looking back down the track / road.

Looking ahead to the summit. or should I say the cloud covering the summit.

Derwent Water, the vale of Keswick and heavy rain moving in my direction.

A view of the view point, but not much of a view of the view.

Into the cloud I go.

Dodd summit.

Through the woods on the way back to Long Doors.

On the return journey I followed the track around the Bassenthwaite Lake side of the fell. It has much better views than the other side of Dodd and it means you're not just doing an out and back walk.

Flooded Bassenthwaite Lake.

A sort of view down to Bassenthwaite Lake.

Skill Beck.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks